Is Mainstream Media Reaching a Tipping Point in the Dietary Debate?

Thirty years after TIME Magazine cover “Cholesterol…And Now the Bad News,” the magazine’s June 23, 2014 issue featured a cover titled “Eat Butter: Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.

The article doesn’t focus solely on butter but rather encourages readers to rethink how saturated fats fit into their diets, saying scientists were wrong to label saturated fats as a dietary evil. The article acknowledges a growing body of research that places blame for the United States’ obesity and diabetes epidemic on processed foods, sugar and carbohydrates.

J. Stanton, author of The Gnoll Credo and paleo diet enthusiast, points out that “the contents of the article won’t be a surprise to anyone in…the WAPF [community] or anyone who has taken the time to evaluate the science and statistics on their own: thirty years of low-fat dogma has produced a nation fatter and sicker than ever, and the ‘science’ supporting the dogma wasn’t science at all.”

This story follows Mark Bittman’s highly discussed op-ed “Butter is Back” in The New York Times. Taken together, the two might be indicative that mainstream media is reaching a tipping point in the debate about dietary guidelines and whether Americans should turn away from processed, low-fat products back to wholesome, natural foods.

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Maine Farmer Loses State Supreme Court Battle

On June 17, 2014, the Maine Supreme Court issued the final word in Dan Brown’s 3-year legal battle against the state over his right to sell unpasteurized milk. The Court ruled in favor of an April 2013 district court summary judgment that ordered Brown to stop selling raw milk, rejecting Brown’s arguments that the state shouldn’t be allowed to change rules that originally guided the establishment of his business and that a local town ordinance exempted him from state regulations.

The state “…contends it has an obligation to set reasonable standards to ensure milk is safe and that the standards must apply to even the smallest farms” (WCSH 6).

Read a more in-depth summary of the state Supreme Court decision here.

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Minnesota Judge Declines to Punish Dairy Farmer

Sometimes the biggest indicator that cultural change is on the way is when law enforcers start to look the other way. Coming on the heels of high-profile articles that praise full-fat, natural dairy products (including Mark Bittman’s proclamation that “Butter is Back” in The New York Times) and the proposal of 2 federal laws to end federal crackdown on the distribution of raw milk, a Minnesota judge has declined to punish a farmer for selling raw milk and violating his parole.

In 2012, dairy farmer Michael Hartmann pled guilty to selling unpasteurized milk and was given probation, which he violated by continuing to sell. In June 2014, the judge in Hartmann’s hearing stated that “the defendant had made a ‘good faith effort’ and ‘no further action’ would be necessary.”

Hartmann’s case is still ongoing with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture but he and his family see this as a court victory.

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Disturbing Statistics Show Dairy Products Are Fake in Many Parts of the World

In the country of Georgia 10 out of 15 dairy products are fake, often made of vegetable oil instead of animal fat, according to the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG). It’s legal – despite international standards, which prohibit the sale of products made with vegetable oil under the name of milk and dairy products.

“Falsification of milk is a crime to me,” says Eter Sarjveladze of the CSRDG. “Milk is a major food group for children, milk can replace any other product, while no other product can substitute for milk. It includes all the substances that are essential to the human body and easy for digestion. Milk includes more than a hundred components that are vital for normal human development. The consumer spends money for this, in belief that he purchases a very useful product, but then gets a poison.”

Following a December 2013 report by the CSRDG that revealed that 90% of milk and dairy products made in Georgia are based on vegetable oil, the government took steps to create new definitions and quality standards.

In the meantime, Georgian consumers are left with an unfortunate alternative: to purchase milk from local villagers whose cows might be infected by tuberculosis. One Georgian citizen asks “which is better: tuberculosis-ridden milk that is boiled, or fake milk made from vegetable oil?”

Disturbingly, this system of fake, devoid-of-nutrition “dairy” products is not unique to Georgia. An article from the Fall 2013 issue of Wise Traditions titled “The Great Milk Robbery” provides fascinating in-depth coverage of how corporations are misleading and cheating the world’s poor out of fresh milk.

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Federal Ruling Gives Qualified Nutrition Professionals Access to Hospitals

Patients are now afforded a bit more flexibility in determining the type of nutrition provider they want overseeing their care thanks to a recent federal ruling that gives all qualified nutrition professionals, not just Registered Dietitians, the right to provide nutrition services in hospitals.

In May 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued “…a final rule that a variety of nutrition professionals can independently order therapeutic diets in hospitals, serve on hospital medical staffs and provide telehealth nutrition services.” Previously, only Registered Dieticians (people who have completed the academic, exam and supervised practice experience approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a private trade association) were able to work in hospitals.

The ruling states: “We agree that a more flexible approach would be the best way to ensure that patients benefit from the improved quality of care that these professionals can bring to hospital food and dietetic services.”

This ruling is victory for both nutritional professionals and patients who believe in wholesome, traditional foods that might not be fully embraced by the mainstream. It legitimizes alternative nutrition professionals, who will now have access to hospitals and the freedom to operate outside of strict bureaucratic guidelines in order to provide patients with the best possible care.

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Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund Turns 7

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This Friday, on Independence Day, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund turns 7 years old! That means 7 years of defending our rights to farm fresh, organic and beyond organic foods! And 7 years of helping small farmers through their worst nightmare, a farm shut down, seizure or raid. And, of course working on the federal and state level to pass farm friendly policies like the one that became law this week (See yesterday’s press release, Landmark Agricultural Bill Becomes Law in Virginia.

Celebrate Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s Birthday today! Give to the Annual Appeal http://farmtoconsumer.org/appeal2014/

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Raw Camel Milk Packs a Punch of Good Health

Those who believe that raw cow milk is a healthy, nutritious food should consider raw camel milk. In the Middle East, many believe camel milk has curative powers and it is so prized that it is saved for special occasions and for when houseguests drop by.

Although camel milk is not as popular with American raw milk drinkers as cow or goat, it is starting to become available in the US – in both pasteurized and unpasteurized forms. Of those who have tried it, some strongly believe the anti-inflammatory properties of camel milk (especially unpasteurized) helps improve brain function and can help with autism. See our previous blog which details one family’s testimony, How Raw Camel Milk Helped Her Daughters.

One special type of camel milk, colostrum, is especially packed with nutrients. Colostrum is the first milk that comes out of the female camel when her baby is born, so it is extra nutritious in order to get the new baby healthy and strong as quickly as possible.

“It’s the ultimate superfood,” explains one camel milk vendor, who sells colostrum for a whopping $40 per 16oz bottle – yet sells out within a matter of hours.

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Maine Raw Milk Case Reaches State Supreme Court

Dan Brown, a Maine farmer who has been battling the state over raw milk regulations since 2011, is getting his day in the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.

In 2005, the Maine Department of Agriculture told Brown that he did not need a license to sell raw milk from his farm. But six years later, different officials changed that decision and instructed Brown to get a license and label his milk with consumer health warnings. Brown ignored the requirements and continued to sell raw milk from his farm, encouraged by his town’s passing of a local “food freedom” ordinance stating that small-scale farmers selling products directly to consumers are exempt from state and federal food safety requirements.

The state sued Brown, who lost at the trial court level and appealed to the state’s high court. In mid-May, Dan Brown and his attorneys appeared in Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court to argue that the trial court’s ruling was improper “…on the basis that the state is equitably estopped from requiring the license, the local ‘food freedom’ ordinance, Brown does not fit the definition of a milk distributor, and the posted warning sign means he ‘substantially complied’ with the labeling requirements.” In 33 minutes, they presented their arguments and answered questions from the justices that focused mostly on “whether the state’s interest in preventing foodborne illnesses and potential deaths is enough to override the ‘esstoppel doctrine.’’

Brown and his family are awaiting the court’s decision.

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Op-Ed: The Absurdity of the Raw Milk Wars

In an op-ed piece published by the Ready Nutrition blog, Marcus Flores makes a strong, logical argument for why one’s decisions about one’s health should be one’s own.

“When my father visits, he enjoys slurping down raw oysters by the dozen. I assume he knows this habit is not without a minor chance of food poisoning. While I prefer my food cooked, I do wash it down with a few beers. That is also not without its health risks,” he begins.

Flores points out that alcohol plays a role in over 10,000 deaths per year due to drunk driving, yet no state legislature is banning alcohol based on the statistics alone. Flores writes that the types of foods, substances and activities that the US government chooses to ban makes for “an extremely bizarre moral line.”

He believes that Congressman Massie’s proposed bills offers an opportunity to correct this, and that politicians and members of the public should support the bills regardless of whether they’re Republican or Democrat. Why? Because Republicans “agree that the government should play little to no role in what we ingest” and Democrats who believe in the guardianship of the State cannot possibly take seriously a government that criminalizes cheese.

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Louisiana Senate Upholds Raw Milk Ban

Raw milk remains banned in Louisiana after the state senate voted against a House-approved bill that would have allowed the sale of raw milk from farmers to the public.

On May 7, the Louisiana House of Representatives voted 78-19 to allow farmer-to-consumer sales of raw milk. Sales would have been limited to 500 gallons per month and the milk would have been required to carry the warning, “Consuming milk that has not been pasteurized may increase your risk of foodborne illness. Persons at highest risk include newborns and infants; the elderly; pregnant women; those taking corticosteroids, antibiotics or antacids; and those having chronic illnesses or other conditions that weaken their immunity.”

Unfortunately, this health warning wasn’t enough to convince Louisiana senators that the public has the right to decide what to eat at their own risk, like oysters.

On May 21, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee sided with public health officials and voted 4-1 against the House-approved bill.

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